Chesterfield defender Marshall Willock captured the mood of the youth team dressing room after they progressed to the third round of the FA Youth Cup, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Port Vale last night.
The Spireites will now face an away trip to Swansea City and the Liberty Stadium in round three and Willock says that he and his team mates can’t wait to test themselves at a Premier League stadium.
“The lads are buzzing,” Willock told iFollow. “We’ve now got a great opportunity to showcase what we can do against Swansea City.
“We went two goals up and when you do that you know that you’re going to have to dig in, they got a goal which should have been offside but we held on and got the result in the end.”
The former Solihull Moors man opened the scoring for the Spireites in the 31st minute, before Luke Rawson doubled the team’s advantage in the second half.
Speaking about the goals, Willock revealed that his was courtesy of a training ground routine, while he also praised Rawson for netting his 10th goal in his last 10 matches.
“We’d been doing a lot of work on set pieces, Chaz (Charlie Wakefield) put the ball in and I managed to get on the end of it,” he explained.
“He (Luke) is flying he gets chances and puts them away, he works hard for the team and he’s a great player to have in your team.”
Since signing for the club in August, Willock has spent time on loan at non-league Kettering Town to enhance his development.
His experiences with the Poppies has been very beneficial and he believes that having that game time has helped him when turning out for the youth team.
Willock said: “It gives you a different perspective of football, there are a lot of balls going in the air and you have to deal with them.
“And because there’s a lot of pressure on game – people are getting win bonuses and what not – it means that you have to perform.
“When I’m playing against men, many of them are as strong as me, so I have to use my brain more and decide whether to go and nick the ball or to try and get round them.”
“When you come back into playing Youth Cup games it makes you perform better because your standards are raised.”
Last night’s win was the 6th in the youth team’s last seven matches and Willock praised the character shown by his team mates along with suggesting that they can cause an upset against the Swans.
He added: “We all fancy our chances, we’ve got a good spirit and quality and there’s no reason why we can’t go there turn them over and get a result.
“We stick together, everyone in the group is close knit, there are no groups within the group, we’re all friends and when it starts to get hard that’s when it comes through.
“You see that we’re sticking together, blocking everything, heading, getting rid of it, holding it up top. Everyone is putting their bodies on the line for the team and that’s always going to get you results.”